Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Project365: Day 66 - Maplenol Barn

Day 66 - Maplenol Barn, originally uploaded by Tim Bungert.
The Maplenol Barn is a very old dairy barn that sits on the campus of Valley High School in West Des Moines. The barn has been in the news recently, but the story is long. Here's my short version:

Valley High School is making plans for an addition to their building. The barn is in the way of code-required green space (stormwater pond) that needs to be part of this addition. The School Board decided to have the barn torn down to make room on the property. Local residents stepped up to try and preserve this piece of West Des Moines history with a "Save the Barn" campaign.

The School Board compromised with them a little and issued a new statement--the barn doesn't have to be destroyed, but it cannot stay where it is. If someone wants to pay for the removal of the barn they can have it, otherwise the school district will proceed with its plans to demolish the structure.

The barn is still there now, but work on the High School's addition is set to begin soon. It will be interesting to see how this continues to develop.

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